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North Adams Peebles Store Changing Name, Focus

Peebles Department Store in the downtown is going to be turned into a Gordmans, a discount retailer, early next year.

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New Owners of Chick's in Adams Plan Reopening

The Selectmen's License Subcommittee reviewed an all-alcohol license transfer for the bar on Wednesday that would allow the new owners of 128 Colombia St. to re-establish the pub.

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'Guardians' Sculptures Being Removed from Natural Bridge Park

This art installation, although originally intended for the Ashuwillticook Trail, was placed at the Natural Bridge State Park here in North Adams where it has remained for the past 15 years.

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Berkshire Business Interns Recognized for Summer Efforts

The Berkshire Business Interns, winnowed from more than 500 applications this past spring, worked in 20 different organizations, businesses and municipalities throughout the county this summer. About two-thirds hail from the Berkshires.

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Planning Board Recommends Zoning Change for Former Church Lot

The property, which comprises the former St. Francis of Assisi church location and its rectory, was split into three different zones: residential, industrial and commercial.

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Cheshire Elects Francesconi, DeAngelis to Select Board

Michelle Francesconi and Ron DeAngelis won the special election Tuesday to fill two newly created seats on the Board of Selectmen.

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Two Will Be Interviewed For Adams-Cheshire Superintendent

Only two candidates will be interviewed Thursday for the Adams Cheshire Regional School District superintendent position with candidate Martin McEvoy withdrawing his name from consideration.

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Five Candidates Make Final Pitch to Cheshire Voters

The five candidates for the Board of Selectmen made their final pitches to dozens of residents at the Community Center Friday night. The forum, hosted by Gene Gebarowski, gave the candidates five minutes each to address the crowd before breaking into informal question and answer sessions. The election is on Tuesday. First up were the three candidates vying for one seat for a two-year term.

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Field Debate Causes Friction on Mount Greylock Committee

The Mount Greylock School Committee Thursday considered questions that have been raised about a plan to install an artificial turf field at the middle-high school — including concerns raised by members of the committee itself. But one committee member and strong advocate for maintaining the course agreed upon earlier this spring said the time for asking questions is over.

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Adams ConCom Praise Organic Herbicide Used On Rail Trail

Adams Conservation Commission praised the use of an organic herbicide on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. At Thursday’s commission meeting members discussed the process that resulted in an organic herbicide being applied along the trail to knock down some overgrown vegetation.

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Incumbent Tyer Seeks to Build 'Strong City' in Re-election Bid

Linda Tyer feels her administration has begun building a strong city and is looking for it to be stronger. The incumbent mayor is seeking re-election to the post as she wraps up her, and the city's, first four-year term. The mayor previous served as a ward councilor and city clerk prior to being elected.

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Adams-Cheshire Committee Interviews Superintendent Finalists

The full committee on Thursday interviewed superintendent candidates Aaron Dean, principal of Pittsfield's Crosby Elementary School, and Beth Choquette, principal of Northampton's Bridge Street School. Both have previously worked for Adams-Cheshire.

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Williamstown Parks & Rec Advisory Committee Conducting Survey

The committee is charged with gathering input from residents and organizations and compiling a list of recommendations to report back to the Select Board, which created the ad hoc committee earlier this year.

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Mazzeo Presses Tyer On Capital Projects Never Completed

The cracked and worn steps to City Hall stood between two mayoral candidates Tuesday night. Councilor At Large and mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo and Mayor Linda Tyer sparred during the City Council meeting over the lack of repairs to those steps. In 2015, a storm led to significant flooding in the basement of City Hall and damaged records.

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Woman Killed in Two-Car Crash in Richmond

A two-car crash on Route 41 at Dublin Road at about 5:30 on Wednesday evening resulted in the death of a 73-year-old woman.

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Pittsfield Schools Launching New African-American Studies Courses

Mabel Hamilton remembers when stories of the African American history wasn't just passed down from family to family, it was reinforced in schools. The city school system had offered African American studies classes, delving into the history and contributions of the black community as part of the American story. But a few decades ago, the school district cut the class and that history faded from the curriculum.

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Lanesborough Selectmen in Talks to Buy New Gravel Bed

The town is considering buying a new gravel bed on Ore Bed Road. Town officials have been in talks with Dennis Condron about purchasing a piece of property across from the town's landfill. Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers said the property has about 50,000 yards of gravel in the lot while the town's current landfill is nearly empty.

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New Williams Inn Opens on Spring Street

The $32 million, 64-room hotel at the bottom of Spring and Latham streets replaces the 100-room original hotel at Field Park that closed on July 31. The older inn, purchased by Williams College in 2014, was considered outdated and energy inefficient for an institution that's committed itself to sustainabilility.

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Pittsfield Council Continues Discussion On Downtown Parking

For the third time in four months, the City Council said it wants to have a full conversation about downtown parking. But it still hasn't determined how to do that - whether that means hiring a consultant or doing it internally. On Tuesday, the council agreed to have the city solicitor craft an order to have the newly constructed Summer Street surface lot have 90 minutes of free parking instead of the current 30 minutes. But not before many councilors pled for a wider examination of the overa

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Pittsfield School Committee Accepts Increased Chapter 70 Spending Plan

The School Committee set a spending plan for an extra $1.3 million increase in state funding that it hadn't anticipated Monday night. The plan is eyed to benefit the middle and elementary schools as well as alternative programs.

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Persip Focuses On Collaboration In Council Re-election Bid

Earl Persip knows that he doesn't have all of the answers. And that's why he listens to others. He said in Pittsfield 100 people will have 100 different views on an issue and he feels his job as a councilor is to listen to them all and find the best solution.

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North Adams Happenings: Aug. 14-19

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Williamstown Historical Museum Hosts Hay Day Fair

Sarah Currie, the executive director of the Williamstown Historical Museum, said she was thrilled with the large crowd and beautiful day for the fair, which serves as a fundraiser for the museum’s mission of preserving Williamstown’s history.

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth Squad Rallies Late, Improves to 2-0 at World Series

The Pittsfield Babe Ruth Baseballl 13-year-old All-Stars Saturday rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn a 3-2 win over Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, in the World Series at Bullens Field.

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BCC Hosts Pittsfield Ward, Mayoral Debates for Preliminary Election

Berkshire Community College is hosting the Pittsfield's Ward 5 and Ward 6 debates on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111, at its main campus, 1350 West St.

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Adams Parks Commission Sets Fall Season Field Uses

The Parks Commission on Monday took care of most of the fall requests for field usage. Four separate groups were represented and although a few issues cropped up, all requests were approved.

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OLLI Forum Delves Into Issue of Ageism

At one point, Ashton Applewhite's biggest fear was that she'd end up "drooling in an institution" when she got old. She was worried about memory loss. She didn't want to live a depressed life. Getting old was not something she wanted to even think about. But something changed when she embarked on a project writing about people over the age of 80 and still working.

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts Increased Chapter 70 School Spending Plan

City Council approved a spending plan for the nearly $1.3 million Chapter 70 increase that will improve the district's alternative school and fill staffing gaps.

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Greylock Thunder Holds Fall Ball Registration

The Greylock Thunder Travel Softball League is excited to announce its 2019 fall ball program for the under-14, U16 and U18 teams.

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Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s Take First Loss at World Series

Greenville, N.C., scored a run in the first and an insurance run in the seventh to hand Pittsfield a 2-0 loss, its first in pool play at the national championship.

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Berkshires Beat: The Clark, Jacob's Pillow Team Up for Special Dance Performance

Dancers from the company will perform in dialogue with the Clark's landscape and galleries in various locations in and around the Clark’s reflecting pool. Three works choreographed by company founder Martha Graham highlight the afternoon:

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Youth Works Participants Honored in Pittsfield

The program is intended to provide coaching and mentorship to help young people take the first step in their careers. It has been ongoing in Pittsfield for 15 years, and for the last six Guardian Life Insurance has contributed.

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Pittsfield's World Series Run Ends in Yet Another Nail-Biter

The Pittsfield 13-year-olds fell, 4-3, in an elimination game at the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series in Westfield.

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Teddy's Pizza Claims Berkshire Summer Lacrosse League Crown

Teddy’s Pizza won the Berkshire County Summer Lacrosse League championship with an 8-5 win over a team of students and alumni from Hoosac Valley and McCann Tech on Monday night.

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Moon Looks to Bring Diverse Views to Council in Re-election Bid

At a ward meeting, Helen Moon was elated to see a young woman in her 20s take a seat in the audience. At ward meetings and at the polls, it is often the same group of people making their voices heard. But this woman wasn't someone Moon had heard much from in the past so it made her happy to see more and more people involved.

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Biz Briefs: Jacob's Pillow Founder’s Property on the Market

The property, nestled on a hilltop overlooking 73 acres, provides opportunity for swimming, tennis and hiking.

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Spokane, Wash., Edges Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13s at World Series

Spokane, Wash., Monday edged Pittsfield, 4-3, in the final game of pool play for the New England Regional Champions.

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Bring Your Light Sabers: Star Wars Returns, Plus Martha Graham Dancers, Chris Smither

John Williams' music is a familiar sound in the Berkshires, and this season is no different. In addition, a legendary choreographer's company at the Pillow plus folkie Chris Smither at the Guthrie Center add up to a lively week.

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McGuire, Brazeau Lead Drury to Giorgi League Title

Scott McGuire Jr. scored 36 points Tuesday to lead the Drury basketball team to a 77-70 win over Monument Mountain in the title game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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Central Berkshire Tennis Team Wins Western Mass U18 Title

The Lee Community Tennis Association Central Berkshire team this weekend won the USTA Western Massachusetts Junior Team Tennis Championship in the under-18 division.

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Swish, Lifting Standards Win Giorgi League Championships

The John Giorgi Summer Basketball Men’s League closed out its summer season in perfect dramatic fashion on Wednesday night, needing overtime to determine the victor in the A Division championship game played at Giorgi Court at Noel Field.

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BHS, Berkshire Orthopaedics Further Expand Care

Doctors Christina G. Kane and Ashley R. Miller have joined Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, partnered with Drs. Kevin Mitts, Mark Sprague, Jeffrey Cella, Jarod Goodrich, David Grygier, James Parkinson and Daniel Sage.

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A Profusion of Music at Tanglewood, Sevenars

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival's classical programming, the spotlight will focus on a range of music in varied genres.

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Giorgi League Men's Playoffs Tip Off

Men's division playoffs got underway on Monday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League with Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread and Swish advancing in their respective divisions.

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Boys & Girls Club Announces Pebble Beach Golf Raffle

The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires has announced that raffle tickets for a trip to the world renown Pebble Beach Golf Resorts located on the Monterrey Peninsula of California are now available.

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Greylock Thunder Softball Holds Tryouts for 2020 16U Travel Squad

The 2020 under-16 Greylock Thunder travel softball team tryouts will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, at Russell Field.

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SVMC Welcomes New Doctor to SVMC General Surgery

Dr. Diaz joins doctors Simon Drew, Graham Moore and Charles Salem. Through a team-based approach, they provide minimally invasive surgery using the latest evidence-based protocols.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 16-22

The next Food for Thought Dinner at Hancock Shaker Village will feature local author Jim Shepard. The critically acclaimed fiction writer will discuss his first work of non-fiction, The Tunnel at the End of the Light, which explores the way the movies have shaped our understanding of ourselves as Americans, for better or for worse. 6 p.m.

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Williamstown's Kuster Qualifies for Olympic Trials

Williamstown's Cole Kuster qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials for the United States recently.

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